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Does the 21st Century Belong to China?: Kissinger and Zakaria vs. Ferguson and Li

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Is China's rise unstoppable? Powered by the human capital of 1.3 billion citizens, the latest technological advances, and a comparatively efficient system of state-directed capitalism, China seems poised to become the global superpower this century. But the Middle Kingdom also faces a series of challenges. From energy scarcity to environmental degradation to political unre ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published November 22nd 2011 by House of Anansi Press (first published 2011)
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Jeffrey  Sylvester
“Does the 21st Century Belong to China?” between Niall Ferguson, David Daokui Li, Fareed Zakaria and Henry Kissinger was one of the more informative Munk Debates especially for those unfamiliar with historic and contemporary Sino-U.S. (Anglo-Saxon) relations.

This debate touches on most of the primary issues regarding China’s prospective rise or impeding collapse as well as its containment. Most of it centers on China’s time between 1978 and the present as China liberalized toward a market econo
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Ritika Chandra
Great if you want a quick update on China's position from a geopolitics and economic lens. A little dated but entertaining.
Randa Allam
China doesn't have the political capacity to claim leadership responsibility world wide. Even though, it's economy has been in a quite a rise the last ten years, there are massive inefficiencies built into the Chinese economic system. They have a huge property bubble. Their growth is highly inefficient. So it is a quality problem in terms of the economic growth and foreign direct investment.
Also, one very important factor is the uncertainty of dealing with the rising middle class in China. How
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Ryan Rommann
An entertaining debate among some intellectual giants. There were some great points, and a couple comedic zingers from both sides. The only person punching well below the rest was Li.

As most of these sparring matches go, they often debate around the narrow confines of the motion's semantics. Based on that alone, Kissinger and Zakaria definitely won the argument against the motion. China might have a preponderance of power in the 21st century, but it certainly won't "belong" to it alone.
dom
A good introduction to some issues re: China/US/global power balance. Some interesting arguments: It's not China's objective to dominate the world; interpretations of China GDP are skewed because this wealth must be distributed amongst 1.3 billion people; Chinese language is a barrier to global cultural influence; the era of US global dominance is over; economic power does not geopolitical power guarantee. Extremely brief and readable. From 2011.
Luc
This book is a transcript of a debate that took place in Toronto, Canada in the fall of 2011. The content of this debate gives us a fairly good idea about the pros and the cons about whether or not China will dominate the world scene in the 21st century. There is a good deal of interesting arguments but we live in an increasingly fluid world where everything is possible. I consider this book as introduction material.

Joe
This book was educational, however, I should have paid more attention to the synopsis as it is a transcript of a debate. Would have been better to watch the debate to gauge the interactions between participants. Perhaps I still will.
Ross
Just read this. It's pretty interesting; however, not deep enough. It's expensive considering that it's just a transcript of a debate.
Michael
Great debate! Both sides presented excellent arguments and the audience was swayed to change their original votes!
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